Red Bellies poised to strike
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IF ENTHUSIASM was enough to get win football matches, tomorrow's All Blacks Rugby League Carnival women's clash would be a foregone conclusion.
The Gladstone women's indigenous side, the Red Belly Blacks, will take on their Rockhampton counterparts at 2pm at Marley Brown Oval, with junior and senior men's encounters also on the bill.
Team spokeswoman Melody Ingra said the side had impressed members of the Gladstone men's side with their attitude. "The fellas are really proud of us,'' she said.
"They say we train harder than them and have more enthusiasm.''
Ingra said the team, which includes two non-indigenous players, had drawn about 20 players to each training session conducted by coaches Amoy Mallie and Brad Eggmolesse.
Although the teams are representing the fairer sex, Ingra had no doubt there would be plenty of feeling between the sides.
"It's always competitive, anything played between Gladstone and Rocky,'' she said.
Although a majority of the side were "football fanatics'', Ingra said Mallie and Eggmolesse had given the team a better understanding of the rules and positional play during the past few weeks of training.
Although the players are keen to give their all, Ingra admitted it was a good thing the match was being played with unlimited interchange rules.
"A lot of us have had a big lot of kids so fitness hasn't been the main priority in recent years,'' Ingra laughed.
The Red Belly Blacks are also hoping to play follow-up matches against Bundaberg and in Woorabinda in the near future and hope to play more carnivals next year.